FIBA: Buenos Aires International Theatre Festival

The best of international theatre in Buenos Aires. October every two years.


October 2019.


Various venues

Every two years, Buenos Aires hosts one of Latin America's most important festivals of international classical and contemporary theatre. Over two weeks, the city stages dozens of productions from all over the world at more than 25 venues in the city.

The festival features different genres and styles and open-air performances and awards the Germán Rozenmacher prize for new drama. Films, open talks with artists, workshops and masterclasses are also part of the festival, organised by the city government's Ministry for Culture.

International highlights for the 2017 edition included The Tiger Lillies perform Hamlet, featuring a Danish cast in a Teatro Republique/Osterbro Teater production alongside cult British band The Tiger Lillies, plus German director Nicolas Stemann's Nathan!? and French director Laurent Berger's Shakespeare adaptation 38SM, a co-production between FIBA and the Teatro Cervantes.

As for dance, Portugal's Circolando presented Noite an intensely physical dialogue between three male dancers and a DJ, and the great Belgian choreographer Win Vanderkeybus presented In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, an organic symbiosis of dance, theatre and film.

Stand out local contributions included La Velocidad de la Luz (The Speed of Light), a social theatre production involving women from the Villa 31 shanty town, directed by Marco Canale, and Topologías para Cuerpos Infinitamente Inconquistables, a large-scale performance installation directed by choreographer Edgardo Mercado.